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Canadian Thanksgiving

Oct 01, 2016

How Canadian Thanksgiving Began

The origins of Canadian Thanksgiving are more closely connected to the traditions of Europe than of the United States. Long before Europeans settled in North America, festivals of thanks and celebrations of harvest took place in Europe in the month of October. The very first Thanksgiving celebration in North America took place in Canada when Martin Frobisher, an explorer from England, arrived in Newfoundland in 1578. He wanted to give thanks for his safe arrival to the New World. That means the first Thanksgiving in Canada was celebrated 43 years before the pilgrims landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts!

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Official Canadian Thanksgiving Holiday

For a few hundred years, Thanksgiving was celebrated in either late October or early November, before it was declared a national holiday in 1879. It was then, that November 6th was set aside as the official Thanksgiving holiday. But then on January 31st, 1957, Canadian Parliament announced that on the second Monday in October, Thanksgiving would be "a day of general thanksgiving to almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed." Thanksgiving was moved to the second Monday in October because after the World Wars, Remembrance Day (November 11th) and Thanksgiving kept falling in the same week. This year Canadian Thanksgiving is October 10th!

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

The 49th Parallel

Another reason for Canadian Thanksgiving arriving earlier than its American counterpart is that Canada is geographically further north than the United States, causing the Canadian harvest season to arrive earlier than the American harvest season. And since Thanksgiving for Canadians is more about giving thanks for the harvest season than the arrival of pilgrims, it makes sense to celebrate the holiday in October. So what are the differences between Canadian and American Thanksgiving, other than the date? Not much! Both Canadians and Americans celebrate Thanksgiving with parades, family gatherings, pumpkin pie and a whole lot of turkey!

Have Your Say

What will you be doing to celebrate Thanksgiving this year? Do you have any family traditions that you're looking forward to? Let us know all about your Thanksgiving plans!

 

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"AnnaOfExquizurd" wrote:Somewhat along the lines of what @inkdeath said is my philosophy, Lol, what? but put into my own words, I think real-life bullying is worse because there's really not a way to escape it if it happens in a place you need to go to every day; meanwhile you can block/delete/report cyberbullies and they'll be dealt with easily. Totally agreed. But it is true @Sophieex_ that cyberbullying can be worse in that sense.Worse in what sense? As you said, you can block or report people and the situation will be dealt with. What sense??? It is not worse than real life bullying.
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"Sophieex_" wrote:Cyber-bullying is a real form of bullying, and in fact, it's probably worse than real-life bullying, because they exploit the anonymity that the Internet gives them, and they say more hurtful and cruel things.Yes, and you can block or ignore them. 
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I think that both are horrible but bullies are in real life so they physically hurt people
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